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An air cadet at the national memorial to the Battle of Britain in Folkestone (PA)

Was the Battle of Britain worth it?

As the 75th anniversary of the airborne battle is celebrated, Britain is still deluded about the terrible mistakes made by the country’s wartime leaders

A Katyń memorial: a priest was sent to the area to give the dead a Christian burial (AP)

A priest views the Second World War as ‘a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives’

Dietrich von Hildebrand

An English translation of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s documentation of Hitler’s evil makes for inspiring reading

Fr Franz Reinisch was executed for refusing to serve in the army under the Nazis

Bishops deferred to authority and priests and seminarians mainly followed suit. The lesson? That we must always speak out when our conscience is challenged

Sir Martin Gilbert remained serene before the record of history

A friend who told us the truth

Sir Martin Gilbert was granted the greatest gift that a biographer could ask for, a subject truly heroic to write about

A scene from Shades of Truth, featuring Pius XII wearing a yellow Star of David

L’Osservatore Romano says Shades of Truth is ‘naïve’ and lacks credibility

Sir Winston Churchill's coffin being carried into St Paul's (PA)

Historians will argue about his mistakes, but everyone who filed past Churchill’s coffin was certain they were mourning the passing of a great man

Carthusian monks at a monastery in southern Italy (Photo: CNS)

Journalist suggests Causes could be taken up by Italian bishops

France's then-president Nicolas Sarkozy walks past the Wall of Names during his visit to the Shoah Memorial in Paris. In one part of France in particular locals resisted (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, pool)

A new book looks at a part of southern France where tight-knit communities saved Jewish lives

Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

A new book suggests the wartime pope used all the means within his power to help Jews